The day began at WXIA TV NBC sipping bottled water with TV doctor and Oprah pal Dr. Mehmet Oz ( he's really friendly and actually even more handsome in person) and ended at the St. Regis Hotel drinking a silky 2007 Estate Chardonnay with fabulous Napa winery owner Janet Trefethen of Trefethen Family Vineyards. http://www.trefethen.com/
The middle of the day found me talking "vegetarian"menu development with the wonderful staff of Good Measure Meals, a fresh gourmet delivered meals program. Eggplant torte, Acapulco Chile and Vegetable Lasagna dishes are wowing taste buds of vegetarians and non-vegetarians ( we'll call them Flexitarians!) as Good Measure Meals rolls out their 5 week ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) menu plans for clients who want to eat great, lose weight and do NONE of the work!! Good Measure Meals dietitians did all the work figuring out exactly how many calories in each menu and making sure that all the needed nutrients were there from protein, fiber and all the vitamins you need. The chef makes sure that all that nutrition meets taste bud requirements! http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/
Oh..while I was interviewing Dr. Oz he asked, "Is it OK if I eat something while we chat?" He had been on a wild whirlwind schedule that morning....of course! He dove into a carton of Greek yogurt and small container of fresh blueberries. Meanwhile, lurking in the hallway....a WXIA producer with a package of donuts covered in powdered sugar with plans to spring it on him during a taped interview. You guess how it all turned out!
Oh, then it was off to lunch at Nan's Thai Fine Dining paired with Trefethen wines. My first Janet sighting of the day!! The Trefethen 2008 Estate Dry Reisling paired perfectly with the crispy calamari with three chili sauce. Red snapper with green mango salad with its slightly sweet and salty flavors was lovely and lively with the 2007 Estate Chardonnay. Janet remarked on their subtle winemaking approach ( read: no heavy oaking), "We think of our Chardonnay as a beautiful woman. She's lovely on her own and maybe needs a bit of mascara or hint of lipstick. But we would never cover her up with a lot of make up or we'd never find her."
What did Dr.Oz say about healthy dining out? His advice was to be a regular at your favorite places so you can get to know everyone in the dining room and in the kitchen, "If they know you and know what you like and how you liked things prepared it's easier for them and for you! Everyone loves regulars!" Good for business and your health, I guess.
By the way, when I told Dr. Oz I was having lunch with Janet Trefethen, he said, "I love Trefethen wines!" I'm sure he'd have enjoyed our lunch ........just what the doctor and dietitian ordered!
(Photo: Janet Trefethen (center) surrounded by fabulous fans. Notice the pearls by Dolma Jewelry owned by cute Ashley on the left. That's me in the back and my sister Alison on right of Janet)